Daily life in an urban environment is easier and smoother than most people give it credit for. The luxury of having purified water available when you’re thirsty or being able to light a fire at the push of a button are usually taken for granted, but when situations become adverse and you lose your way or are in an accident- things get progressively worse. With no ties to the outside world and nothing but your wits to help you brave the elements, you’re going to have to know what to do. Knowing is half the battle, so here are some survival tips that will help you in the wild.

Communication Is Everything

As appealing as a Walden-inspired retreat to the woods might be, you must absolutely inform a few people about your trip before setting off. It is a great idea to inform friends and family about where you’re going, and if possible, what route you are taking and how long you’d be gone. That way, in case you’re stranded, someone back home will know where to find you and can alert the authorities.

Plan Well Beforehand

If you’re going on a wildlife safari, you should have everything planned early on. Whether you’re going to an elaborate resort or an obscure, pristine forest, planning is the key to survival. Some folks prefer hiking; others take jeeps out into the wilderness, but if you want an experience you’ll never forget, try a horse safari. You can cover a great amount of land on horseback, and notice so much more in the absence of the roar of an engine. As you can witness in any Monmouth race, horses are quick, tenacious animals, and the experience is absolutely unforgettable.

Don’t Lose Your Cool

Losing your edge is not an option. You have to stay calm and be as positive as possible, no matter how scared you may be. This is vital to surviving the outdoors. Plan diligently and try to be realistic about your situation. If you’re stuck doing something like building a shelter or gathering firewood, don’t lose hope or try to rush. Take deep breaths and try to get things done.

Build a Shelter

Before heading out on an adventure, you should know the absolute basics like building a temporary shelter. There are a number of different shelters you can build, but the basics remain the same. An overhead covering is a must for protection and warmth. Overhangs are a good idea in mountainous or rocky areas. Otherwise, use whatever you can get for insulation.

Get Food and Water

Survival mode is hard- especially the quest for food and water. Your body can last a maximum of three days without water, and not being able to eat will take a toll on your physical and mental health. If you are near a freshwater source, then all you have to do is boil and drink the water. Otherwise, try to look around and improvise by building water still or rain-catcher. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with edible plants and berries of the region you are vacationing in for future reference. Don’t be picky; take what you get. Build traps if you can- protein is vital.

Conclusion

There are a number of other things you should be doing. Getting a steady flame going is very important to ward off animals, provide light and warmth, and cook food. Keep a pocket knife or Swiss knife type tool handy at all times. Keep an inventory of everything you have. You’d be surprised how useful things can turn out to be if you keep an open mind. Look back upon your possessions whenever you face a problem. Think of what you can do to alert planes, search parties or fellow travelers if they are in your vicinity. Lay out stones as “SOS” or “HELP”- they’re not just movie clichés. Keep a compass handy and a printed map of the area if possible. The rivers, paths, stars, and mountains can be used for navigating your way to safety or civilization as well.

Author Bio: Barry White is a tour operator and guide. He has been in the business for over a decade and knows everything there is to know about conducted tours, jungle safaris, wildlife survival, and so on. He has recently taken to photography and blogging.